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Screw Apples. Sunlight Works Better!

written by Head Health Nutter February 4, 2011

This title is a bit misleading because apparently you need the antioxidants in fruits and veggies to guard against the ONE danger of sunlight: sunburn. In today’s post, we learn Dr. Mercola’s sun facts and how lack of sun exposure is killing over 1 million people EVERY year!

If you’ve been reading Live Lighter for awhile, you know we’ve blogged about the health benefits of sunlight before, as in “Sunlight: All Natural Steroids?” and “How Vitamin D Can Save Save Your Life!” But when I read Dr. Mercola’s FREE report on the benefits of sun exposure, it blew my mind (and inspired me to book with my MD for a vitamin D test)!

For those of you who don’t know Dr. Joseph Mercola, he’s one of the leading Natural Health professionals in the world. He is a licensed osteopathic physician (DO) which means he can prescribe medication and perform surgery in all 50 states. Unlike MDs, though:

“DOs practice a “whole person” approach, treating the entire person rather than just symptoms. Focusing on preventive health care, DOs help patients develop attitudes and lifestyles that don’t just fight illness, but help prevent it, too.”

The most important conclusion from Dr. Mercola’s report is: if you’re living in the Northern Hemisphere (especially if you have dark skin), you are more than likely NOT getting enough sun (he backs all his info up with studies). Hence his claim that more than 1 million people are dying every year from a lack of sun exposure.

This is what you’ll find in Dr. Mercola’s sun exposure report:

  • Why sunlight is healthy.
  • How just 10-15 minutes of sunlight per day can help prevent cancer.
  • How long you should sunbathe (and how it’s different for everyone).
  • How you can prevent skin cancer without sacrificing your sun exposure.
  • How you can get safe sun exposure without getting burned.
  • How to boost your body’s “inner sunscreen”.
  • The role of vitamin D in your health.
  • The correct vitamin D test to determine if you have optimal vitamin D levels.
  • Why pasteurized milk is NOT a good source of vitamin D.
  • The dangers of vitamin D supplements.
  • The correct and best type of vitamin D supplements to take if you really can’t get enough natural sun.

Did you know that vitamin D isn’t really a vitamin at all but a prohormone your body produces from cholesterol? Yes, cholesterol. Another facet we’ve been told is dangerous for us but is actually necessary for good health. Please read our guest post by Natural Neda, “The Importance of Vitamin D and Cholesterol.”

What I really like about Dr. Mercola’s report is his no-nonsense, straight-forward style and, even more so, his focus on getting your daily dose of sun the natural way. He warns us that it’s too easy to overdose on supplements (based on his personal experience)!

This last point is aligned with our guest post by Bindu Grandhi, “Vitamin D & Calcium: Supplements vs. Nature” which is a great additional read, despite citing a committee recommendation of only 600 IU per day of vitamin D. This is frighteningly low compared to Dr. Mercola’s recommendation of 4,000 IU per day.

While I would love to share all Dr. Mercola’s juicy sun facts with you here, I think it’s important for you to read the report yourself. Plus, it talks about the studies and references them so you can check their integrity. Just sign up for Mercola’s highly informative newsletter to access the free report.

I’m excited to get my blood tested for my current vitamin D levels. Have you ever gotten the test done?

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All Natural Tips February 15, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Great site! Good read with a nice layout. I recently started a blog http://www.AllNaturalTips.com , so I can share the knowledge I have gained through my endless hours of research. My hope is to empower you with knowledge by giving you the tools you need to live a more natural life…one day at a time. Keep up the great site, I will be back !

Head Health Nutter May 9, 2012 at 1:24 am

Thank you for your kind words, All Natural Tips, and I’m so happy to hear we share the same mission in life! 🙂

Vitamin "Dee" May 6, 2012 at 5:48 pm

Yes, I second that observation made by the writer of All Natural Tips!! I can attest to the valuble information and advice given here on Live Lighter by Stephanie as well as all her guest bloggers too. Will have to check out the All Natural Tips site now too.

Today, I am (finally) enjoying the sun’s warm & wonderful rays of viamin D right now, after weeks of rainy, cloudy days. When the sun doesn’t shine, I use Dr. Mercola’s Sunshine Mist Vitamin D3 spray up to 6 times a day sublingually, as a highly absorbable, active source. While we can overdose on the actual sun, this is quite safe and easy to take, without any harmful side effects. And knowing how beneficial and detrimental a deficiency can be to our health, I think I’d rather have too much than not enough, so I never miss a day now. Keep shining your light!!

Head Health Nutter May 9, 2012 at 1:26 am

Vitamin “Dee” (lol), you are THE best! And definitely a ray of vitamin D to both myself and Live Lighter. 🙂

Ooo… vitamin D3 spray? Very cool, thanks for sharing your review of this product! Thank you so much, lovely woman.

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